Saturday, 11 January 2020

I was warned not to give the No.9 jersey to Tammy - Frank Lampard

Chelsea cursed jersey,I was warned not to give the No.9 jersey to Tammy - Frank Lampard, Tammy Abraham
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed how he was warned by people not give the No.9 jersey to Tammy Abraham.

The Chelsea No.9 jersey was labeled a cursed shirt over the time as many big players who wear it always struggle and end up being frustrated in the club.

The Likes of Alvaro Morata { who is now doing well at Atletico Madrid], Fernando Torress and Gonzalo Higuain all worn the shirt but couldn't score as many goals for the club due to curse people believe was on the jersey.

Tammy Abraham also has, however, proved doubter wrong and has been in blazing form for Chelsea since the beginning of the season and scored his 14th goal of the season last week against Arsenal.

Frank Lampard has now revealed how he was warned never to give the jersey to Tammy Abraham but claim he was very certain the jersey was meant for Abraham and that he believed it wouldn't be any pressure on the young star.

Speaking with reporters at Chelsea training ground, Frank Lampard reveals all that was said about the jersey and why he didn't listen.

'I am really impressed because when the No.9 shirt was available quite a few people around here were saying to me: 'Ooh, be careful, that's not always had the best feeling in different players here.'

'It was my decision to give him purely on his personality in pre-season. I knew he was a good player and I liked him on the training ground but his personality is one that he was saying: 'Yes please, I want that, I want to be Chelsea's No.9.'

'It was an easy thing to feel and say at that point but to then go produce like he has done is a great start. And it's a start. He needs to keep going because he is probably at that stage now where everyone is starting to expect Tammy to play well, score and affect games in a big way.'

'And that brings a new challenge and that is his one now. When it [the No.9] was mentioned, it made me think twice and go, 'Oh, actually, what is the situation here?' because he is a young boy.'

'If you're signing a 25-year-old who has scored multiple goals in a different league or in the Premier League you might see it differently and it would be a really easy decision, but the question with a young boy is does he need that pressure? My opinion was yes.'

'I saw him coming through the ranks for such a long time from being a young boy and for me, it was like he must have always wanted to be Chelsea's No.9. That was his aim at all times. I know he used to idolize Didier Drogba.'

'So he thought, 'I want to be Chelsea's mainline striker' and No.9 is generally that so I thought it was an opportunity for him to rise to that hopefully.'

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